Benzai (14660) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1,5ltr bottle I brought @ ZZT III, bottle #1017 / 1170. [bottle from trade with Fonefan] Pitch black color, full creamy light brown head. Smell malts, dark malts, hints of overripe fruits, coffee, roastyness, hops. Taste malts, roastyness, dark chocolate, bitter, roasted malts, slightly hops. Medium to full carbonation, medium to full body.
DutchDrebus (5659) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 1017/1170 thx to [email protected]
Dark brown colour with a nice brown head. Smells hoppy, dark chocolate, roasty, alcohol. Tastes coffee, roasty malts, hops, dark chocolate, vanille. Full body, thick. Nice beer!
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A very hoppy/bitter toasted dark ale. Very good
How: 1.5L Magnum. Consumed when approximately 16 months of age. Tasting session with Montreal gang
The look: Dark brown body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention
In long: Nose is moderately roasted, something that resemble toasted wood and wooden hops. Taste starts with crunchy toasted caramelized malts before it is taken over by the a hefty dosage of resinous wooden hops. Light notes of chocolate, dark fruits and brownies here and there. Bitterness level is in the medium-high range and the finish is relatively toasted-dry. To me this came-through more like a hoppy no-style American Strong Ale than an Imperial Porter as presently listed. Whatever it was I really liked it, a tasty beer an I could have drank the whole magnum by myself. Another winner by Mikkeller. A nice big magnum that we shared in MartinT’s living room while his young daughter who is too young to speak was staring at me and just laughed and laughed. No doubt she sees me clearly.
rederic (3293) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1500ml bottle, 360/1170, dark brown color, with a frothy bubbly tan head, yeasty, nice mochaish, cappuccino, chocolate cake, semisweet chocolate baking bar, molasses nose, with some cocoa powder, chocolate milk, chocolate wafer notes, and some black coffee, light roasted, black, chocolate, toasted malt, chocolate pudding accents in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a good, smooth yeasty, chocolate, roasted, black, choclate, toasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, grounded coffee bean character, with some licorice, mochaish, cappuccino, chocolate pudding, burnt toast, burnt dried date, fig fuity flavors, with a molasses, chocolate chip cookie dough, a faint flowery leafy, grassy, minty hop bittering backbone, and a burnt bran muffin, chocolate wafer undertone, leading towards a warming, dark bitter chocolate, black coffee, chocolate cake, lingering roasty bitterness finish.
fiulijn (19824) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at København Ølfestival 2010
Black color; creamy head. Mild aroma of roasted malt, dusty, with light chocolate. Chocolate flavor, some roasted malt, quite dry. Strong bitterness, with light liquorice. Good, but without surprise.
amarillo (10) - ITALY - DEC 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottiglia beershock viterbo, colore: nera impenetrabile, schiuma compatta persistente color cappuccino, al naso: cioccolato, liquirizia intensa, note affumicate, corpo presente, al palato: bassa carbonazione, cioccolato e liquirizia persistente, sentori di radice, finale amaro medio. ottima, l’avrei preferita leggermente più sapida.
Fred82 (2153) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1.5L bottle at a tasting.
Appearance : Black with small head.
Aroma : Great roasted malt with nice dark chocolate. Some coffee. Rather smooth.
Taste : Roasted malt with big chocolate and coffee. More coffee on the finish with roasted malt. Light acidity. Nice smooth carbonation. Silky palate.
Overall : Nice beer. Very smooth and rather well balanced. Nice chocolate and coffee.
jesperhammer (4478) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
26-NOV-2011, bottle @home, courtesy of Morten:)
Rating #100 of a Mikkeller brew.
Huge brown head on dark dark brown body.
Nose is roasted, burnt, coffee, cocoa, and a hint of smoke.
Taste is the same. Really complex.
Really smooth, full, and creamy.
Lovely porter. Really typical Mikkeller quality - fitting #100 brew. Keep on brewing the good stuff.
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown almost black color with a small tan head. Aromas heavy on chocolate/coffee with some smoke. Nice bitterness mixed with the coffee/chocolate flavors. Excellent porter.
MartinT (9535) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line :
Caramelized and roasted malts are licked by alcohol and coniferous hops in this balanced and healthy Imperial Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A creamy sheet of foam covers the brown-hued darkness.
-The hop flavors make this feel like a Black IPA at times.
-Blackberry angles add complexity.
-The mouthfeel is not too heavy, but it is definitely rich.
-Molasses allusions are created by the union of caramelized and roasted malts.
-This is not much of a surprise. Mikkeller making yet another very nice strong dark brew?